IT was the perfect homecoming for Perry Lim, a medical undergraduate studying in Illinois, United States.
The 18-year-old decided to team up with his former schoolmates for the second leg of the Youngsters 3x3 Basketball tournament.
Calling themselves Sunrise, they aptly rose to the occasion, winning the Men’s Elite Open crown at the one-day challenge held in Straits Quay, Tanjung Tokong, Penang, on Saturday.
The Sunrise teammates last played together at the National Under-20 championship in 2013.
“I return home to Kuala Lumpur every summer but this is the first time that we decided to take a shot at the Youngsters 3x3 challenge,” said Perry, who was the team captain.
“Our ability to understand each other and play as a team is indeed a great achievement.
“This outing is the perfect homecoming present for me,” said the lanky young man.
Their 7-4 victory over Calislim in the final earned them the top purse of RM800 and vouchers worth RM1,200. Calislim took home RM600 and vouchers worth RM800.
In three other categories, Damen (Boy’s Under-18), Bro Team (Boy’s Under-16) and Fake Magician (Boy’s Under-14) also enjoyed similar awards for their efforts.
Youngsters Basketball Club media officer Oon Phei San said 168 teams took part in the tournament.
“During the first leg held at Auto-City in Jawi in April this year, we had a record turnout of 218 teams, but many mainland teams pulled out from this challenge,” said Oon.
“We also had 18 teams from Perak, six from Perlis and three entries from Kedah. They helped make the challenge an interesting one.”
Results (Finals): Men Elite Open: Sunrise bt Calislim (7-4); Boys’ Under-18: Damn bt Defender (6-1); Boys’ Under-16: Bro Team bt Dalat (3-1); Boys’ Under-14: Fake Magician bt Chung Ling (Private) High School (CLPHS) 7-3.